Universal access to electricity by 2035


Dedicated to socio-economic transformation of lives of Uganda’s rural communities by extending electricity services in an equitable and sustainable manner

Core Values

The REA organizational philosophy is anchored in the following three core values:

      Responsiveness to stakeholder needs, reliability and accessibility at all times.

      Establishing and maintaining a comprehensive database on Uganda’s Rural Electrification sub-sector to facilitate informed decision making

      Accountability and transparency in the conduct of public affairs.


      Promoting equitable rural electrification access and having special regard to those areas of the community that are currently marginalized.

      Enhancing the available financial resource base for Rural Electrification through strategic fundraising.

      Promote institutional sustainability of the Rural Electrification Fund

Rural Electrification Board

The main function of the Board is to oversee the management of Rural Electrification Fund on behalf of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development.

Organisation Profile

Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is a semi-autonomous body established by an Act of Parliament, to operationalize Government’s rural electrification function. It functions as a secretariat of the Rural Electrification Board (REB) which carries out the rural electrification responsibilities, as defined in the Electricity Act of 1999.

Rural Electrification Agency (REA) was established as a statutory instrument in 2001 (no. 75), but started its functions in July 2003. REA has a board, the Rural Electrification Board (REB), which gives it policy guidance. The Rural Electrification Agency is mandated to facilitate the government’s goal of achieving rural electrification rate of atleast 10% by the year 2012 from 1% at the beginning of the decade.


The Government of Uganda through REA implements a number of projects. These include the following project types:

  • Grid extension
  • Independent Grids and Off grid Solutions
  • Photovoltaic systems
  • Renewable energy generation projects


The Rural Electrification Programme has been possible using various financing sources including the consolidated fund, a levy on energy sales by generation companies like UETCL, bilateral patrons (development partners) especially the World Bank through the Energy for Rural Transformation (ERT) programme, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)